Lecture from Liberty

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By Naomi Morris Omori

This article also appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo on Monday 3rd December, 2012.

Liberty is perhaps one of the most well-recognised human rights pressure groups in the world and CLC was fortunate enough to have Shami Chakrabarti, CBE, President of the charity, to talk to the girls and other students from local schools.

Her busy schedule meant that she was finally able to come to CLC after a year of planning; however, everyone in the audience was completely absorbed in her every word. As a powerful public figure, and someone whom The Sun called ‘the most dangerous woman in Britain,’ she was truly inspiring to all.

Chakrabarti tackled thought-provoking issues. ‘What are human rights?’ Originally trained at the bar, she discussed the moment when she decided to pursue law (and later, human rights), inspired by her father’s words after watching the story of a particularly brutal serial killer. When she spoke passionately, in a moment of rage, about him needing the death chair, he said, ‘imagine you are in the chair.’ Speaking about the blurred line, she stated that ‘torture is absolute’ and should never be tolerated. From being questioned on abortion, the death sentence, and freedom of the press, Chakrabarti tackled the full spectrum of human rights and what they mean to us in a modern context.

The girls and boys came away with a fresh insight to the world and motivated to make a difference.

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